Turkey’s lira depreciated to a record against U.S. dollar on Nov. 3 due to several factors, ranging from domestic economic concerns, geopolitical tensions, and fear over the victory of Joe Biden in the U.S. presidential elections.
The lira touched a fresh record low of 8.52 against the dollar as of 3.30 p.m. local time, whereas it was trading at 9.97 to the euro.
TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had said on Oct. 31 that Turkey wasfighting an economic war against a “devil’s triangle” ofinterest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
“Ourresponse to those who work to besiege our country in the economicsphere is a new war of economic liberation,” Erdoğan had said.
Thelira has depreciated more than 30 percent this year on concerns aboutpossible Western sanctions against Turkey, depleted reserves,double-digit inflation and monetary independence.
Analystssay the relationship between Ankara and Washington could be furtherstrained if Biden wins the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.
The central bank unexpectedly held interest rates steady last month at 10.25 percent, below the level at which inflation has remained all year. Double-digit price rises and negative real rates have in part pushed the lira currency to record lows.Turkish lira hits new record low against dollar as experts blame distrust for economyFinance Minister Albayrak downplays lira's sharp fall via asking 'Are you getting your salaries in dollars?'